Golf: Scott eyes second title as Internationals prep at Australian Open

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SYDNEY (Information) – Adam Scott is eager to “stick it to” Tiger Woods and the U.S. crew at subsequent week’s Presidents Cup however first he needs to finish his decade-long anticipate a second Australian Open title.

FILE PHOTO: Golf – The 148th Open Championship – Royal Portrush Golf Membership, Portrush, Northern Eire – July 18, 2019 Australia’s Adam Scott in the course of the first spherical Information/Ian Walton

The Australian Open has an extended and wealthy custom however this yr’s version, which tees off on Thursday, has one thing of the texture of a Presidents Cup coaching camp for Workforce Worldwide.

Whereas many of the U.S. crew are warming up for Royal Melbourne at captain Tiger Woods’s Hero World Problem within the Bahamas, Ernie Els and half of his crew, together with Scott, are at The Australian Golf Membership fine-tuning their video games.

Scott’s willpower to finish the 21-year American dominance of the crew competitors is obvious. As is his need to win his house Open once more a decade after his 2009 victory.

“I’m a little bit stunned that I haven’t received one other Australian Open on this 10-year stretch,” mentioned Scott, who will play with Sergio Garcia and Paul Casey within the opening spherical.

“I managed to get a few (Australian) Masters in that interval and a PGA, however it might be good to get my title on that cup once more. “It’s a fantastic trophy and any time you see your title form of racking up on a trophy is one thing fairly particular. So, this week can be the week to do it.”

The 39-year-old Queenslander has twice come near including one other “Scott” to names similar to Nicklaus, Palmer and Participant on the Stonehaven Cup.

He was overhauled by Rory McIlroy on the ultimate inexperienced in 2013 and completed second with Jordan Spieth behind native Matt Jones two years later.

Scott is the main Australian within the subject after Jason Day fell sufferer to a again damage and withdrew from each this occasion and the Presidents Cup.

Additionally getting ready for Royal Melbourne in Sydney this week are Australians Marc Leishman and Cameron Smith, South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, CT Pan and defending champion Abraham Ancer.

Taiwan’s Pan steered the groundstaff on the host membership had additionally accomplished their half to assist the Internationals.

“I like the course, I like the design and I feel the one distinction this yr is I really feel just like the situation is extra like Royal Melbourne,” he mentioned.

“I feel that is excellent preparation for Workforce Worldwide, particularly for me.”

The gamers practiced on Wednesday below skies dulled by the smoke from the bush fires which have raged round Sydney for the previous few weeks.

“Clearly, visually, it’s a bit hazy … however I don’t assume it would impact the golf in any respect,” mentioned Mexican Ancer.

Scott mentioned the match supplied him an opportunity to arrange “mentally and bodily” for taking over “the last word competitor” Woods and his crew.

“It’s going to be very, very troublesome however … I consider we will win subsequent week,” he mentioned.

“It might be nice to stay it to Tiger and your complete American crew.”

Modifying by Peter Rutherford